Climb the Galtee Mountains in memory of a Tipperary loved one

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People across Tipperary are being encouraged to climb the Galtee Mountains in memory of a loved one on Sunday, June 11th.

The annual charity ‘Climb to Remember’  will see people from all over Munster rise to the challenge, raising funds to benefit the various appeals being run by the Mercy Hospital Foundation in Cork – the Mercy Heart + Stroke Appeal, the Mercy Cancer Appeal, the Mercy ICU Appeal, and the Mercy Kids + Teens Appeal.

This will enhance services in each of these areas at Mercy University Hospital, which serves patients from all over Munster.

Pre-event registration is essential, and participants can sign up at www.mercyfundraising.ie. The registration fee for the Galtees climb is €25.  

Veronica Fitzgerald Higgins, originally from Limerick but living in Cork,  who last year completed the Back 2 Back Challenge around Ireland in aid of the Mercy Hospital Foundation, will partake in Climb to Remember in memory of her father Tadgh Fitzgerald who passed away 22 years ago, and her brother Tim Fitzgerald who passed away at the Mercy in 2015 following a battle with stomach cancer.

Speaking about the upcoming challenge, Veronica said: “My father’s favourite song was the ‘Galtee Mountain Boy’, so climbing the Galtees in his memory seemed very fitting as I’ve said for years that it was something I wanted to do.

“To undertake a challenge like this in memory of loved ones who have passed away will make it a greater accomplishment and so much more meaningful.

“I’d like to thank the Mercy Hospital Foundation for the opportunity to remember my father and my brother in this way as I’m sure it will give me and my fellow hikers on June 11th precious time to reflect on and remember our loved ones who have passed on.”

Sign-in for the Galtees Climb to Remember will take place at Kings Yard, Co. Limerick, from 9-9:45am on June 11th. Participants will begin their climb to the summit of the Galtee Mountains at 10am. The climb will take around 3-5 hours including a break. 

Starting at the car park, participants will follow a good, unsurfaced road passing several deserted homesteads. To the east, the two peaks of Seefin will be visible, with Knockeenatoung rising behind to the northeast. Hikers will head onto the open mountain to the plateau which is Knocknagalty, and rising majestically ahead is Galtymore, Ireland’s highest inland peak at 919m. From the wall end, hikers will head in an easterly direction to the top of Galtymore where they will be treated to spectacular views of the Galtees Range, the Knockmealdowns, Comeragh Mountain ranges and the surrounding valleys.